This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher uncover an apparently-fictitious employee listed as one of Con contractor RackNine’s key contacts – nicely paralleling the obvious coverup behind “Pierre Poutine”. And Dr. Dawg places the latest revelations in context with the rest of the Cons’ misdirections and coverups.
– Meanwhile, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links
So the final results of last night’s by-election in Toronto-Danforth shouldn’t surprise many, as Craig Scott of the NDP easily hung on, ending the night with a nearly 10,000-vote lead over his nearest rival, Grant Gordon of the Liberals.
Craig Scott – 19,210 – 59.44% Grant Gordon – 9,215 – 28.51% Andrew Keyes – 1,736 . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: TorDan – What Does It All Mean!!?
OK, so it wasn’t Seabiscuit after all. That’s part of a campaign and trying to swing momentum your way toward the end. This was, as everyone recognized, a very tough riding for Liberals to come back in given the circumstances of the by-election and the result ultimately bore that out.
Liberals . . . → Read More: Impolitical: The day after Toronto-Danforth
And the [by-election] winner* of the riding of Toronto-Danforth is…
*Refresh to see results from Elections Canada.
Today, probably about 40% of the eligible voters of Toronto-Danforth will vote a new Member of Parliament into place, following the death of their old one, NDP Leader/Messiah Jack Layton.
The riding is, in all likelyhood, going to stay NDP. Below is a chart of the riding since the 1999 Ontario provincial election in the . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Expectations of Toronto-Danforth Votes
“We’re right on their heels.”
Somebody’s having fun! As elections should be.
A Liberal spark? What on earth is she talking about? Well, cynics, this post is not for you. Beware, earnestness ahead.
I have posted two communications pieces here that Toronto-Danforth Liberal candidate Grant Gordon has produced for his campaign. There’s a video where he gives an impassioned pitch about why he’s running and what . . . → Read More: Impolitical: A Liberal spark in Toronto-Danforth
A moment of zen at a Toronto Danforth byelection Green Party town hall yesterday with Elizabeth May, Georges Laraque and Green Party candidate Adriana Mugnatto Hamu in the frame.A woman, identifying herself as “Merlin”, 96 years old, steps to the micro… . . . → Read More: Co2 Art: People die for their opinions and here in Canada “we let the bastards get away with everything” -Merlin, 96
A moment of zen at a Toronto Danforth byelection Green Party town hall yesterday with Elizabeth May, Georges Laraque and Green Party candidate Adriana Mugnatto Hamu in the frame.
A woman, identifying herself as “Merlin”, 96 years old, steps to the microphone and says,
“I’ve seen a lot of elections, in England, and . . . → Read More: Co2 Art: People die for their opinions and here in Canada "we let the bastards get away with everything" -Merlin, 96
These videos are both fantastic for similar reasons. They both show how positive and energetic Mr. Grodon is and how he is the progressive voice that Toronto-Danforth needs in Ottawa. I had the pleasure of spending two days canvassing for Mr. Gordon. The first thing I noticed was that the people of Toronto-Danfoth . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Grant Gordon: The Real New Progressive Politics
And it’s exactly the same as what happened in May 2011!
This is going to be an uneventful by-election. While it is a riding poll – they’re not always to be trusted – and the campaign has really only just begun (Feb 12), I’m not surprised in the least about what . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Toronto-Danforth Polling!
Now that’s a different kind of political ad. Fun.
Assorted content to end your weekend.
– David Olive highlights the complete lack of need for the Cons’ planned attacks on Old Age Security: Say what you will of Stephen Harper’s success in scaring Canadian seniors with his recent musings about cutting seniors’ benefits. It does not warrant the public debate that the most charitable . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links
Thanks to some individuals who are out and about in Toronto Danforth today, we can see the early campaign literature that is being dropped.
Take a look at the outside visuals on the first Liberal lit:
And here are the outside visuals on the NDP’s piece:
Am quite OK with that contrast.
(h/t . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Campaign visuals from Toronto-Danforth
Well, I’m sure many Liberals can rest easy, for now–the fetus fetishist, Trifon Haitas, lost the nomination to advertising exec, Grant Gordon last night. There was concern that the Liberals being in such bad shape, that it was ripe for a take-over from single issue interest groups, like a fetus fetishing group looking . . . . . → Read More: The Anti-Choicer Loses Liberal Nomination For Toronto-Danforth And The Riding is the NDP’s To Lose
Grant Gordon was nominated as the Liberal candidate for Toronto-Danforth last night for the upcoming March 19th by-election. I attended as a scrutineer and have just a few observations on the night.
In terms of impressions of the newly nominated candidate, Grant Gordon, he connected well with the room, which, as it turned out, largely . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Notes on the Toronto-Danforth nomination meeting
When you vote today for your Liberal candidate, please consider this:
While others, including people I respect deeply, have attacked Trifon Haitas for his anti-choice (or pro-life, whatever you’d like to call it), I ask that you consider the wider fact that he does not appear to be a single issue candidate, nor does he . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: To Toronto-Danforth Liberal Members….
This and that for your Thursday reading.
– Mind you, some of the stories are a couple of days old precisely because there’s been an embarrassment of riches in the Con criticism department this week. Most of the time, stories about a government violating immigrants’ privacy for the sake of a photo op, blatantly politicizing . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Thursday night is the Liberal nomination in your riding: 7 p.m. at Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard Street East.If you had thought of skipping this one, read this and think again. The abortion issue has surfaced as an issue in this nomination contest.
Trifon Haitas, a candidate for the Liberal nomination who is being supported . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Paging pro-choice Toronto-Danforth Libs
Announced this week, Toronto-Danforth voters will head to the polls on March 12th 19th to vote for a new MP after the death of NDP Leader Jack Layton, who had represented the riding since 2004 with ever-increasing percentages of the vote in four successive elections.
Eric Grenier created a pretty graph covering the Danforth’s electoral . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: The State of Play in #TorDan
According to the T-D Liberals, Grant Gordon and Trifon Haitas have been officially declared as candidates for the Liberal nomination in the upcoming Toronto-Danforth by-election to replace Jack Layton. They’ll be going up against rookie Dipper candidate Craig Scott. 2008 and 2011 candidate Andrew Lang also seems confirmed to be running, just not officially yet.
. . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Two Candidates Declared For Toronto-Danforth Liberals
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Thomas Walkom puts the Cons’ anti-environmental hysteria in perspective by noting how our cabinet ministers are going out of their way to sound like the most fringy of lunatic Tea Partiers: America’s Exxon Mobil, Britain’s BP, France’s Total E&P, China’s SinoCanada Petroleum Corp. and Japan Canada Oil Sands . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Stephen Maher and Barbara Yaffe have learned to be duly skeptical of the Cons’ motives when it comes to Senate patronage. But John Ibbitson still has a ways to go – as he’s apparently still buying Con spin about new provinces holding Senate elections which has long . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
Miscellaneous material to end your weekend.
– Chris Selley rightly points out that for all the damage the Cons can do in a term of majority government, we shouldn’t overstate how much of it is irreversible. And more importantly, while it’s well worth putting time and effort into defending the institutions under attack to the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
The NDP candidates are lining up. There are two now, a former assistant to Jack Layton, Claire Prashaw, and as of today, an Osgoode Hall law professor, Craig Scott.
Not running, and really the big news of the day, is one Brian Topp: NDP leadership hopeful Brian Topp has ruled out running in a byelection . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Toronto-Danforth goings on